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PHD Doctor of Philosophy in Education Postsecondary and Adult Education specialization


Capella University's online PhD in Adult Education program enhances your qualifications in college teaching in a way that fits your lifestyle. This program focuses on theories of adult learning and distance education, critical analysis and research skills, best practices in postsecondary adult instruction, and the application of theory and research to develop effective learning environments for individuals from diverse backgrounds.

This program is also designed to allow you to concurrently enroll in Capella's Post-Master's Certificate in College Teaching and earn two valuable credentials at the same time.

To learn more about this degree program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

Degree Outcomes

With your PhD in Postsecondary and Adult Education from Capella, you'll learn to facilitate the learning process for adults, uphold professional ethical standards and socially responsible behavior, and perform relevant, high quality, scholarly research. Additionally, you will gain the skills to provide vision and direction in adult serving, post-secondary education and community settings. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.


People with Doctoral degrees in Education from Capella earn an average of $21,000more per year than people who only hold a Master's degree.

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Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online PhD in Postsecondary and Adult Education include faculty member, director of grant writing, academic affairs vice president, dean, provost or community college president. Potential workplaces include: corporation, community college, vocational school, military education, adult education program, and land-based or online college or university.